How to Sew Pockets

You can add pockets to any garment.
You can add pockets to any garment. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

If you have an article of clothing or a garment to which you’d like to add a pocket, sewing the pocket yourself is an option. Maybe you have a jacket where an inner pocket would be useful, or a shirt to which an added pocket would give some flair. Pockets can be created in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can also mix and match material colors to make your pocket stand out.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Two pieces of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Straight pins
  • Iron

Decide on the size of your pocket. This will determine how much fabric you will need.

Measure two pieces of fabric to determine the amount you will need for the pocket. Add 1 inch to the pocket size. For example, if your pocket is 5 inches by 5 inches, measure both pieces of fabric 6 inches by 6 inches.

Cut the fabric into the desired shape of your pocket. Line up the pieces of fabric evenly with one another. Pin them together so that the correct side of the fabric is facing inside the pocket. Mark the top of the pocket with straight pins so that you do not accidentally sew the opening of the pocket closed.

Sew the pieces of fabric together. Leave 1/2 inch of space from the pocket border. Trim the corners of the pocket.

Iron the threads of the pocket to flatten them. Gently turn the pocket right side out. Pin the pocket to the desired garment with straight pins.

Sew the pocket onto the garment. Stitch the thread 1/4 inch from the edge of the pocket.

Iron the pocket seams.

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